|Jennifer Leaning: Keys to human security - PopTech|
Dr. Jennifer Leaning is the director of the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the FXB professor of the practice of health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health. She travels the world researching human security. "I'm looking at the ways in which you can promote health and well-being through time in the setting of war and disaster."
|Nigel Waller on the Mobile Cloud - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Nigel Waller launched Movirtu to provide virtual mobile phone services for people earning less than two dollars a day. As Movirtu expands across Africa and Asia, even the poorest individuals can send text messages and make mobile payments as well as find work and access healthcare.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Technology; Fellows; Mobile; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Africa
|PopTech Iceland: Toward Resilience - PopTech|
In June 2012 PopTech will convene a gathering of researchers, practitioners and thought leaders--working in fields such as international development, global business, climate adaptation, social psychology, systems ecology, emerging technology, disaster relief, community activism--for a dialogue.
|Tom Darden: Make It Right - PopTech|
Tom Darden is the Executive Director of the Make It Right Foundation, an organization founded by actor Brad Pitt to build 150 green, high design homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Darden said he wants to take what has been a local conversation about green construction to the national level.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Architecture; Green; PopTech 2010; Sustainability; Community
|Sarah Fortune: Fighting TB - PopTech|
Why is tuberculosis so resistant to treatment? Sarah Fortune studies the bacterium that causes tuberculosis as well as how it responds to various eradication efforts, with a view to more effectively fighting this increasingly common global scourge.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Health; Biology; Medicine; PopTech 2010
|Assaf Biderman: Sentient Cities - PopTech|
Assaf Biderman is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, an MIT university research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable ways of interacting in urban environments.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mapping; Climate; Urbanization; Visualizations; Data; PopTech 2009; Mobile
|Dennis Littky on Big Picture Ed - PopTech|
The co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning, Dennis Littky believes that cookie-cutter teaching fails too many students. So Littky works to make alternative, non-standardized curriculums the new standard. Big Picture now has more than 70 schools nationwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; Youth; PopTech 2009; Big Systems
|Fortune and Biewald: Crowdsourcing TB cell annotation - PopTech|
Sarah Fortune, TB expert, and Lukas Biewald, CEO of the crowdsourcing start-up, Crowdflower, pair up through PopTech to crowdsource a task best done by the human eye: cataloging TB's bacterial cells. This collaboration has the potential to democratize the economics of science and basic scientific discovery.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Biology; Crowdsourcing; Community; DIY; Emerging Tech
|Young Guru borrows a beat - PopTech|
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. Watch him borrow a beat from Al Green to show the fine line between art and piracy.
|Thompson & Cotton forgive - PopTech|
The story of Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton is one of liberation and forgiveness. In 1984, Thompson testified that Cotton raped her, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Eleven years later, DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. Thompson and Cotton went on to write a memoir together about their experience.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010
|Erica Williams on Youth Politics - PopTech|
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Community; Politics; Justice; Government; PopTech 2009; Youth
|Nathan Eagle: Global mobile workforce - PopTech|
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Africa; Mobile; Development; Business; PopTech 2010
|Yasser Ansari: Networked Organisms - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari, self-described bio geek-turned-telecom nerd, wants to help boost eco-literacy. To do so, he has created Noah, an online platform and mobile application that allows "curious naturalists" to contribute to ongoing scientific research through data collection and documentation efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mobile; Data; Science; Crowdsourcing; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Steve Barr Fixes Failing Schools - PopTech|
According to Steve Barr, the fastest way to fix education in America would be to make private schools illegal. As the founder of Green Dot Public Schools, Barr is devoted to improving public education in blighted cities. His efforts have transformed high schools across Los Angeles into charter schools that send nearly 80% of students to college.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; PopTech 2009; Urbanization; Governance; Youth
|John Fetterman: Reviving Braddock - PopTech|
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Urbanization; Economics; PopTech 2009
|Kevin Starr: Lasting Impact - PopTech|
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Poverty; Development; Business; Sustainability; PopTech 2010; Big Systems; Social Innovation
|Ann Masten: Inside resilient children - PopTech|
Ann Masten is a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies resilience in young people exposed to poverty, homelessness, migration, disaster, war and other adversities. "The most powerful protective system for a human child is a loving, caring family."
|Chris Marianetti's Found Sound Nation - PopTech|
Chris Marianetti, a classically trained musician and composer, got started by bringing his recording studio to a Bronx school. Marianetti ended up recording an album with his students and then invited master musicians to contribute. Today, his organization, Found Sound Nation, creates collaborations all over the world, bringing people together through music.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Community; Collaboration; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Yasser Ansari: Citizen Science - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari's Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls "a field guide for every organism." Inspired by Darwin's Field Guide, bio-instruments, and a little bit of steampunk, the platform encourages citizen scientists to step into the world, eyes open, and begin documenting what they find.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Mobile; Environment; Biology; Activism; Green; PopTech 2010; Ecology
|Rinku Sen: Locating Justice - PopTech|
Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, is devoted to creating a more inclusive America. If we're willing to be explicit about the ways racism works around us, Sen says, we can create the society we all want to live in. Sen also publishes the ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics. (www.arc.org)
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Human Rights; Justice; PopTech 2009; Activism
|Kel Sheppey: Fighting HIV/AIDS - PopTech|
To combat the spread of AIDS, Kel Sheppey founded Wild4Life, an AIDS awareness and testing organization that collaborates with wildlife conservation groups, reaching remote communities and educating them about the importance of AIDS testing and education. The goal: to completely stop the spread of AIDS by leveraging influence within communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; PopTech 2010; Collaboration; Community
|Logan Richardson: Jazz musings - PopTech|
Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on musical favorites like "God Bless America".
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2009; Culture
|Erik Hersman: Africa on the rise - PopTech|
Erik Hersman asks us to shed outdated notions of Africa as a unified place plagued by starvation and war. Between mobile phone innovations like M-PESA, social networking like MXit and entrepreneurial spaces like Maker Faire Africa, Hersman sees innovation and entrepreneurship exploding within some of Africa's--and the world's--fastest growing economies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Development; Africa; DIY
|James Fowler: Power of Networks - PopTech|
Can your social network make you fat? Affect your mood? Political scientist James H. Fowler reveals the dynamics of social networks, the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other. With Nicholas A. Christakis, Fowler recently coauthored, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Collaboration; Community; Internet; PopTech 2009
|Nina Dudnik: Seeding Labs - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Education; PopTech 2010; Africa
|Gideon Obarzanek’s Digital Moves - PopTech|
Hailed by The Australian as the country's best modern dance company, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of site-specific installations and interactive sound and light technologies. Obarzanek's avant-garde performances explore the tensions between the rational world we live in and richness of our imagination.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Art; Music; PopTech 2009
|Jay Rogers: Open Source Your Car - PopTech|
Jay Rogers is revolutionizing the automobile industry. The former U.S. Marine and co-founder of Local Motors has created the world's first crowdsourced car. Rogers believes that making car production local - and personal - holds the key to fostering a sustainable car culture that also tackles our dependence on oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Design; Crowdsourcing; Innovation; Engineering; PopTech 2009; Transportation
|Rush Bartlett: Safe Drug Delivery - PopTech|
Injectable drugs are a huge part of modern life, and with 16 billion injections a year, delivery system innovation is a field ripe for breakthroughs. 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Rush Bartlett's company LyoGo has developed a completely self-contained system with the potential to revolutionize the way people are immunized.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Medicine; PopTech 2010; Innovation
|Jonah Lehrer: Creative Insights - PopTech|
Author Jonah Lehrer explores the power of outsider intelligence. At PopTech 2009, the best-selling author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, notes that, paradoxically, lacking expertise on a subject can be an asset. "It's what allows us to see the connections, to see the problems that no one else can see."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Mind; Science; Innovation; Neuroscience; PopTech 2009
|Eben Bayer: Bio-packaging - PopTech|
Ecovative Design founder, 2009 PopTech Fellow Eben Bayer, on this initiative that transforms low-value agricultural byproducts into strong biological composites that can be used as biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics, foams, and packaging materials.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Green; Technology; Fellows; Sustainability; Design; PopTech 2009; Farming; Biology; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Ecomaterials
|Katy Payne: Elephant songs - PopTech|
Animal communication researcher Katy Payne has been studying the sounds of African elephants and humpback whales for decades. Her research has led her to fascinating conclusions on how acoustic phenomena shape relationships and communities. In1999, Payne founded the Elephant Listening Project to monitor elephants' movements.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; PopTech 2009; Science; Biology
|Kelly Benoit-Bird: Marine acoustics - PopTech|
Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean. "When we look more deeply at the ocean, we are given new insights on how we interact with that ocean, and what we can do to effectively protect it."
|Adriane Herman: Art of the list - PopTech|
Adriane Herman collects and displays found lists from all over the world. Heartbreaking, hilarious, mundane and, at times, shocking, these lists present a portrait of our attempts to contain our unruly humanity.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Culture; Art; Funny
|Josh Nesbit: Mobile Healthcare - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Josh Nesbit co-founded Medic Mobile to bring the innovative use of mobile phones for healthcare to the developing world. A central clinic laptop runs FrontlineSMS software, enabling community health workers to use text messages to coordinate patient care, offer mobile diagnostics, and map health services.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Africa; Mapping; Fellows; Mobile; Community; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Medicine
|Quick takes: Hayat Sindi - PopTech|
2010 Science Fellow Hayat Sindi co-founded Diagnostics For All to offer point-of-care diagnostic tools micro-fabricated in paper. These technologies allow healthcare workers to monitor the treatment of the 60% of people living beyond the reach of medical infrastructures. Sindi is also an advocate for science education and careers for women in the Middle East. Drawings: Peter Durand
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Health; Technology; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Medicine; Shorts; Quick takes; Science Fellows 2010 shorts
|Colin Rich: PopStar - PopTech|
Colin Rich captures fantastic images of the world from 24 miles in space. He creates his amazing videos and still photographs with simple system that includes high-altitude weather balloons, hacked video cameras and a GPS system to track the cameras wherever they land. The images he creates are otherworldly. Read and watch more on the PopTech blog.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Photography; Space; PopTech 2010; Shorts
|Tony Hey: Citizen Science - PopTech|
As Corporate Vice President of External Research for Microsoft, Tony Hey is responsible for public-private partnerships with scientific and engineering communities, government agencies, and industry partners worldwide. At PopTech 2009, Hey discussed the critical role of citizen scientists in understanding complex data-intensive problems like climate change and galaxy formation.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Collaboration; Crowdsourcing; PopTech 2009; Data
|George Church: Know Your Genes - PopTech|
Geneticist George Church believes that genome sequencing can bring us closer to personalized medicine. Several years ago, Church launched the Personal Genome Project, a public database that connects genes to diseases as well as physical and biological characteristics. 100,000 volunteers are expected to contribute by 2010.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Medicine; Crowdsourcing; PopTech 2009; Biology; Community
|Justin Gallivan: Hacking Bacteria - PopTech|
Justin Gallivan is an Emory University chemist who explores the boundaries of biology by engineering bacteria to behave in predictable ways. Gallivan's research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for complex challenges such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Living Systems DC Salon 2010; Engineering; Environment; Funny
|Logan Richardson: Improvisations - PopTech|
Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on America at a critical crossroads.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2009; Culture
|Young Guru: Capitalizing on "free" - PopTech|
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. He is also a leader in adapting to a challenging music business. "It is always vibe over money."
|Brian Elliot: Friend Power - PopTech|
Brian Elliot founded Friendfactor to unlock the power of friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. Friendfactor's innovative social networking platform shifts the focus of gay rights from ideology towards a far more personal concept: friends making a difference in their gay friends' lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Activism; Politics; Culture; PopTech 2010; Freedom; Community
|Moran Cerf: Hacking the brain - PopTech|
Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients' thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains and reading the activity of cells. Oh, and he used to rob banks. "There are at least two people inside our mind."
|Porter and Mykleby: A Grand Strategy for the Nation - PopTech|
Naval Captain Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby of the Marines, military strategists working at the highest level of government, present highlights from their paper, "A National Strategic Narrative." Their ideas--less military force, more social capital and more sustainable practices in energy and agriculture--have caused a recent stir in policy communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Politics; Democracy; Governance; Resilience; Nationalism
|Sean Gourley: Tracking Innovation - PopTech|
Sean Gourley is a mathematician who has spent the last seven years using math to understand war and insurgency. He is now applying that understanding to develop ways to map technology companies - in search of the "technology genome."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Business; PopTech 2010; Mapping; Technology
|Stephanie Coontz: On Marriage - PopTech|
What makes an ideal marriage? Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies and author of "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage," says that marrying for love is a radical idea. Ironically, as marriage is becoming a more emotionally satisfying relationship, it is also becoming less stable as an institution.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Culture; Psychology; PopTech 2010; Language
|Kevin Dunbar on unexpected science - PopTech|
Psychology professor Kevin Dunbar studies how scientists approach the unexpected and learn from mistakes. Over the course of a year, Dunbar's team studied the habits of four molecular biology labs. They found that those labs most successful at turning mistakes into new theories tended to be more diverse and willing to take risks.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Psychology; Education; PopTech 2010
|Bhagwan Chowdhry's Financial Access at Birth - PopTech|
Bhagwan Chowdhry started Financial Access at Birth (FAB), which aims to give every child born in the world an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account so the next generation would have access to financial services in a few decades.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Development; Poverty; Design; DIY
|Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Synthetic aesthetics - PopTech|
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, designer, artist and writer, explores the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, especially synthetic biology. Her projects open up a creative space to imagine the potential scientific triumphs and disasters on the horizon.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Biology; Innovation; Emerging Tech
|Laura Stachel: Solar Saves Lives - PopTech|
Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson founded WE CARE Solar, which designs solar-powered systems to meet essential maternity care needs. These portable, suitcase-sized systems are immediately operational and expandable. Powering lighting and communication equipment, they enable timely and appropriate emergency care for mothers and infants.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Health; Africa; PopTech 2010; Women; Poverty; Solar